Well my wife and I had a wonderful weekend in Chicago although the food didn't end exactly as I had planned (somehow it never does
Friday night we got in later than I had hoped so we struck out lloking for someplace to eat and after wandering around a bit we circled back to the Purple Pig but at 8 on a Friday night the wait was 1 hour and 45 minutes. Being it was 9 EST we were famished and didn't want to wait. So we down to lower Michigan and had double cheezborgers at the Billy Goat Tavern. Were they the best I ever had, no. Am I glad we went , yes. It is truly a Chicago tradition and one we were glad we took part in.
We wandered down Michigan to Water Tower Place and I decided to have a little snack at Wow Bao. I had spicy Kung Pao chicken (exploded w/flavor as soon as you bit into it) and one BBQ pork (also real good). I tried one of their fresh made ginger ales. Apparently I just really do not like ginger ale because I did not like this at all.
We did a little shopping and on the way back to the hotel stopped in Garrett's for a bag of Chicago Mix popcorn to munch on in the room as we wound down.
For breakfast on Saturday we took CTD's suggestion and went to Xoco. We had a delicious meal! My wife had the Chorizo and egg Torta with a cappucino while I thoroughly enjoyed huevos rancheros and an aztec hot chocolate. I like a big breakfast and I new I would be hungry later so I asked one of the servers if I could get an order of chicharrones to go. She came back and said they usually don't serve them until 11am but the manager made an exception and she brought them out. They made for a very satisfying mid day snack.
After some more shopping and buying tickets for the evenings entertainment we headed out to see the White Sox play the Twins. It was a beautiful day at the ballpark (although cool being in the 40s). For maybe the first time ever at a professional ball game I didn't eat a single thing. I was saving myself for dinner because on a whim we made reservations at Brazazz (a Brazilian steakhouse). It waa very good. My favorite proteins (I think I tried all but 1 of the 15) were the shrimp and the leg of lamb (both we very well seasoned and cooked to perfection). If you have never tried one of these establishments they can be a bit overwhelming but you have to pace yourself.
After dinner we wandered some more then went to comedysportz for some really fun and funny improv. We would both go back again.
As we didn't get back to the hotel until 2am our time we slept in and relaxed Sunday morning and decided we just wanted some quick and simple for our breakfast/lunch. We went across the street to the Corner Bakery Cafe for an ok meal.
Another trip to Garrett's to take home some treats to the kiddos and it was time to check out of the hotel and head over to the Oriental Theatre to see the matinee of Big Fish. This was a really great musical! One we both truly enjoyed. It is only in Chicago until May 5. We would highly recommend this show. If you decide to go you go to BroadwayinChicago.com type in the promo code thankyou and receive a discount of $20 per ticket.
I decided we needed something to sustain us for the trip home and stopped by the Pleasant House on 31st St. I have Buddy Roadhouse
to thank for this. His tip to check out lthforum and the GNR section led me to this gem. I went with the idea of getting a pork pie (one of my favorites from my time in England) but they were sold out
. I instead ordered two Scotch eggs and two cornish pasties to go. While I waited I chatted with the manager about their operation and discover that they have 4 gardens in which they grow their own micro greens and soon will be growing most of their vegetables for the restaurant and anticipate selling to other area establishments. I received my order and we took off for home. After waiting for it cool enough to be able to handle while driving we dove in. The scotch eggs we very good and tasted just as I remembered from England. The cornish pasties were absolutely world class!!! The crust was so flaky it was incredible. I have eaten cornish pasties all over England, in the UP and this meat pie was one of the best I have ever had. I encourage to try this place out. It is a tiny local establishment that is doing things right. We cannot wait to go back next time we are in Chicago and the manager told me to call ahead and he would make sure they had a pork pie waiting for me.